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Price: $338.95

Burley Nomad Bike Cargo Trailer - 2013 Model

Stock status: Out of stock, availability unknown, not accepting backorders
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Roam like a Nomad

The Burley Nomad Cargo Trailer features a treated, water resistant cover and 100 pounds of cargo capacity. Enjoy the easy packing with the 8,000 cu. in. of space, side pockets and removable center divider.

Pair your trailer with the Burley Nomad Trailer Cargo Rack and carry more gear.

We recommend this trailer for touring on paved and dirt roads. The Nomad is very easy to pull, you won't even notice towing it to work, around town, down the trail or across the country.

The Burley Nomad is a 2-wheeled trailer, and centers it's weight over the tires, which puts very little weight onto your bicycle.

The Burley Nomad offers very good weather protection with its water resistant cover, side panels and bottom. A limited amount of moisture may get in during heavy rain conditions so we recommend you give extra protection to water sensitive items like cameras.

View the Burley Nomad Instruction Manual.

  • Side pockets
  • Removable organization divider
  • Safety Flag
  • Quick release, 16" alloy wheels
  • Available Cargo Rack for extra top side storage
  • Improved, water-shedding design
  • Open Dimensions (LxWxH): (in) 32.4 x 26.8 x 22.8 - (cm) 82.3 x 67.9 x 57.9
  • Folded Dimensions (LxWxH): (in) 32.4 x 21.5 x 6.5 - (cm) 82.3 x 54.6 x 16.5
  • Trailer Weight: 14.8 lb / 6.7 kg
  • Overall Length: 52 (in) 132.1 (cm)
  • Cargo space: 105.0 liters
  • Capacity: 100.0 lb / 45.4 kg
  • Wheels: 16.0 in / 40.6 cm
  • Track Width: 20" / 50.8 cm

1 year on fabric parts, 5 years on plastic parts, lifetime of trailer on durable frame parts.

Burley Nomad Bike Cargo Trailer - 2013 Modelclick image to enlarge
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Product Reviews

04 Feb 2015
Dale K says...
The Burley Nomad is great. It is my first trailer. I have traveled previously with panniers and did not like the riding dynamic that resulted. It was easy too assemble...took about an hour, including installing the hitch on the bike. For my maiden voyage, I loaded a 50 pound dumbell in the trailer and off we went. My ride was a 16 mile loop with lots of steep hills on asphalt and concrete paved roads, including about a mile of dirt road. The last 6 miles was into a 25 mph cold north wind. I hardly knew the trailer was there...I was very aware of the extra 50 pounds when we turned into the wind :) It even handled splendidly when we were running a little over 30 mph. I recommend it. The BikeTrailerShop customer service is top notch.
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
10 Dec 2014
Michael C says...
I received my trailer very quickly after the order. I was easy to assemble and attache to my bike. However the instructions state the the strap clip is supposed to be on the bottom of the arm so I had to reverse the bolt with the clip ring as it was assembled at the factory differently from the instructions/directions. The strap is also a little short for my bike. The instructions state to wrap it around the stays twice. All I can to is put the strap around the stay. This may be due to the big stays and/or the rear disk assembly. I slightly longer strap is needed.
Rated 4 out of 5 Stars
30 Apr 2014
Robert M says...
I love the trailer - easy to assemble and attach to bike, very light weight, well designed. I like that it came with a flag and rear light. Delivery was faster than I expected (from AZ to NE). Ordering process was easy. Packaging was excellent. No issues at all.
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
07 Oct 2013
Dick S says...
Do not have to say much about the Burley Nomade except it is one outstanding trailer for about any job. Went to the farmers market the other weekend and bought 65 lb. of melons, didn't even really feel that they were back their. One AWESOME trailer. Thanks Burley.and thanks Bike Trailer Shop for such quick shipping. Great job. Going Green
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
06 Oct 2013
Riley B says...
First off, my trailer came with mould in it, causing me to have to pay a hefty biosecurity fee at customs! As for the trailer itself, seems great so far, well built etc. Viedo here of how it rides, including links to some high res photos etc:
Rated 4 out of 5 Stars
30 Oct 2012
John B says...
I purchased a Burley Nomad trailer for a recent trip along the Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake & Ohio Trails from Pittsburgh, Pa. to Washington D.C. I logged a total of 374 miles. I filled the trailer with everything I needed for an 8 day camping trip. Approximately 60 pounds of clothes, food, photography and camping gear, tools and other misc. items. The trailer pulled smoothly and easily, especially on the GAP Trail which has a base of hard-packed crushed limestone. The C&O trail is much rougher and due to heavy overnight rains was often quite muddy in places. A good portion of the C&O is similar to single track trail with 2 narrow lanes with a grassy center. Even in those rough and muddy conditions the Nomad performed well although a single wheeled trailer would probably be better suited for that type of trail. The trade-off would be the loss of cargo capacity. The Nomad exceeded my expectations. It pulled easily, had room for everything I needed and held up well mechanically. I'm looking forward to other long bike trips with this trailer in the future. Highly recommended!
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
18 Aug 2011
Tim E says...
I did my first shop with my Nomad yesterday and it performed very well. This is my second trailer as we recently sold our child trailer - a well used Chariot, which sets the bar very high with respect to trailers. Assembly was straight forward. The construction is simple and light and seems robust in most of the right places. I did reinforce the holes where the roll bar screws go through the fabric with duct tape as I could see it fraying with only a few removals of the screws. I was disappointed that the trailer did not come with wheel Q/Rs. Luckily I had one left over and a LBS gave me one out of their parts box. You need a slightly longer one to accommodate the hitch. Riding with the Nomad is easy and you hardly notice the weight behind you (when empty). The trailer does not sit directly centre behind the bike so make note when going through tight spaces. I'm curious about the two tow arm attachment places on the trailer. Loading items like shopping bags into the trailer is simple and the cover is fantastic. I don't think I'd want it on the drive side of the bike. However it could be useful to rig up another arm for a hiking trailer. Very pleased with the trailer and highly recommend.
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
09 Aug 2010
Timothy S says...
Let me start by saying I love my Burley Nomad. I would ride my bicycle to go fishing and use a backpack to carry all my bait and tackle, alot of weight on my shoulders, very uncompfortable to ride that way. On my first trip with my trailer, I was able to carry more stuff (chair, rod holders, small ice chest) with less effort than before, and for being so light it has a stable firm construction, don't feel it behind me, even with fishing gear in it, the uphills create a little drag and effort. But versus the backpack, way more compfortable to ride, a sense of freedom. Should have done this along time ago. It doesn't do so well on dirt paths with the 16" wheels (low clearance) the bumps hit the bottom of the trailer, if your going off road a larger wheel may be what you want. I will be ordering some larger wheels on my next purchase. From start to finish the purchase and delivery were excellent. Went smooth without problem. Wonderful exprience. TKS fellas!
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
10 Jan 2010
Joe M says...
The thing is awesome. Just want to offer a few different comments that might help you. It comes in roughly 8 main pieces. That includes the two tires and a rear light. With the directions/pics, and a little experimentation you'll get it together easily. Took it out today to drop off cardboard and paper and to go food shopping. The only two possible negatives are kinda unavoidable. First, you'll notice the extra wind resistance if you are riding into the wind. Ya really can't fault the trailer for that - it's there doing its thing. When the wind is light or not blowing in your face it's super smooth and easy to pull. Next, getting the pin in the hitch is a bit of a pain. But again, it has to be a tight fit to work properly. So it's really not a negative. What's awesome is that before shopping I just detached the trailer, locked my bike, and used the trailer as a shopping cart in Foodtown. It's easier and lighter that a shopping cart! The other thing that's cool is that it remains directly behind you while riding. The buffer I give myself went riding next to parked cars and such is the same. No real adjustment at all. If you clear something with your bike, you're (probably) going to clear it with the trailer on. Finally, the hitch is super small and light. When you want to ride without the trailer, having the hitch on does nothing to the feel of your bike. It's awesome and I know it's going to open up a lot of opportunities for me. Go for it. Paul - great to talk to you!
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
02 Sep 2009
R. M says...
Thanks for the great service, excellent website, knowledgeable staff and great pricing. I just recently bought a Nomad from your company. It was an upgrade from an old used Nashbar kid carrier. I had gotten one for free and I used it to haul groceries etc help me decide if a trailer was going to solve my problems with moving objects on a bicycle. I'd write a review but I don't want my name on the internet for the world to see. So as everyone knows the manual is terrible. The illustrations are low contrast and the instructions are vague. I'm sure I'll eventually figure out where the flag sleeve is but for now I'm mystified. The hitch is marvelous. It's quiet and the surging is pretty moderate. The trailer is very very smooth compared to the Nashbar and it's a lot quieter. I like the narrow track but it comes at a cost. You can't get a milk crate in it if it's turned sideways. I play in a band and I keep all of my cables and cords in a milk crate. Nix that idea if I'm using the Burley to get to a gig. My amp also can't fit sideways but if I don't have a milk crate in there then I'm fine for everything I need at the gig. A medium Igloo cooler does just fit sideways. Perfect for summer runs to the grocery store, coop etc. Overall the trailer is really well built and I expect it will serve me in good stead for many years to come. Shopping has been just great. Loads better than an open rotted out kid carrier. That centre divider, what's the point? It's just flopping around on the floor making it hard to find things. Using it with the velcro is very awkward and I'm not convinced it would actually hold anything back. A couple of snaps across the top would have been a lot smarter way of fastening it to the roll bar. The tail light is dim but at least it came with one. If you use the manual's suggested mounting point the light sticks out past the wheel. That didn't work very well. I smacked it in the first 10 minutes I was using the trailer. The hardware on the tube clamp also rattled loose in less than 3 miles. I just ended up moving the bracket to the rear tube and double nutting the tube clamp bolt. This is still less than ideal because now I can't stand the Nomad on end because the light is off of the back. Oh well it's better than snapping it off on a doorway. Doorways, that reminds me. Narrow track but the quick releases stick out wider than the wheels and they hang on everything. This is the one thing the Nashbar trailer did better. Those quick releases were actually on the inside of the axle tubes under the trailer. You never had a problem hanging on objects as you pulled past. I know I'm carping. It's because the Nomad is so close to perfect it's just a shame they didn't get it all the way right. Overall it's a great value. I bought it over the BOB because I liked it being enclosed and I ride an older Criterium frame with 700C wheels and 23 mm tyres and it seemed like a good idea to keep the trailer weight off of the rear wheel. The 100 pound capacity is also a plus. The black and yellow bumble bee colouring scheme is attractive but it's pretty tough to find anything small in the bottom of that trailer in low light. Looking around I don't see anything else that would have worked as well for my needs as the Burley and it certainly won't be falling apart any time soon. I was also able to buy it at a great price form a very nice company. Lots of pluses. It's also nice we're in the same state, overnight shipping for free. Hard to beat that.
Rated 4 out of 5 Stars
11 Apr 2009
Steven B says...
I purchased my Burley Nomad 6 months ago. I use it almost everyday going to work and to get groceries. I have a motorised bicycle which travels as fast as 30 mph and averages about 22 mph most of the time. I haul 4-6 plastic grocery bags full of heavy items like canned drinks, gallon of milk, bottle of wine, eggs ect. I added a double layer of foam padding used for sleeping bag pad for only $6.00 from Wal-Mart. Now my eggs don't break and my canned drinks don't get holes in them. My trailer has never turned over and I travel over a lot of rough terrain on many dirt roads. Recently a small tornado picked my bike a trailer up and they ended up in a pile upside down. Nothing was damaged. I am really happy with the durability of my Nomad and how it keeps the contents dry in the rain. I don't think I need the dry bag I bought to use inside my Nomad but I have it if I every make a long cross country bike trip. I highly recommend a Nomad to anyone considering a bicycle trailer. I love it!
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
16 Jun 2008
Kristy W says...
I used my new Burley Nomad trailer today for the first time. I have an online business (Ground Control Horseshoes), and I am using the trailer to bring my packages to the post office to save on gas. I hauled 8 packages to the post office today. The weight of all the boxes was about 50 pounds. The divider in the middle was nice to keep the packages from shifting around. The trailer traveled behind me, slightly to the left of my bike. I rode it down my gravel driveway hill and up a very steep hill and it towed just fine. I was very pleased with how much it could carry. They say to be careful around corners, but I found it to do fine at a normal speed for a curve. It was quiet as a mouse and I had to keep looking back to see if it was there. I would definitely recommend this trailer for carrying packages. I'm looking forward to putting this trailer to work for a long time. It's going to pay for itself in just a few weeks with the gas money that I will be saving.
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
13 Jun 2008
Christopher N says...
Got my Burley in today. Put it together (in minutes), while grilling some filets on my new commercial grade grill. I bought the trailer and the grill for me for father's day. I love my kid's dad! The trailer feels great on the bike, I carried the garbage to the garbage cage, which is about 200 yards from our house. The garbage can was full of water melon rines and corn husks (tis the season here in South GA), and I could hardly feel it behind me. Had a BOB before and sold it on Ebay. Took a 150 miler around South Central GA. I did not like it, poor tracking and constantly jerking me from side to side. That dog want hunt on the road with tractor trailer gusts sucking you over. I am ready to migrate some more wiht this thing! Thanks for prompt delivery.
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
20 Apr 2008
Michal C says...
A car-hater in a totally car-dependent country (Iceland), I purchased Burley Nomad as a way to show a middle finger to the Big Oil and defend my way of life. While the only annoyances, related to a confusing manual, happened during the assembly, during the 4 months of using the trailer I've only experienced joy and pride. Aside of the regular 40-50kg of groceries I buy every 2 weeks I also hauled a complete midi-tower PC with a monitor, a 100l plastic storage box, several months of daily newspapers (in one pack) and a huge bag containing over 300 compressed plastic bottles. The trailer is extremely well designed and handles the abuse of both weight (hauled 55kg with no problems) and maximum speed (usually doing well over 40km/h downhill from the supermarket) without anything to complain about. In fact, unless climbing uphill, I tend to forget I have anything attached to the bike, as there is no noise from the standard hitch like some other reviewers reported. The cargo space is bigger than it looks like - it easily packs a stuffed shopping cart - while the pockets and (easily removable) divider make it easy to organize the content. Polyester cover keeps the stuff dry and clean regardless of the falling rain or mud from the rear wheel while adding to a cool look. As with the other users, I experience drivers giving me much more respect and space on the road and a very tall flagpole ensures high visibility. All in all, this has been probably the best purchase I've made last year and one to enjoy for many years to come. Another thing I need to point out is the excellent service from Aside of price and availability beating the hell out of european dealers that I considered at first, Josh's quick and elaborate responses to all my questions over the course of 3 months during which we exchanged the emails, provided me with the best experience I've ever had shopping online. Josh is the biker you want to hear the advices from and when I get to buy a kid-trailer in a year or two, this website will be the first one I'll check.
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
03 Apr 2008
Gordon K says...
This trailer has been great! Josh was a big help answering my questions and concerns. I try and live a car free lifestyle and this trailer goes a long way in making that happen. One of the biggest concerns I had was how well it would track behind me and how much it would effect handling. What I found in regards to my concerns.... Thing is a pleasure to use. It connects very easy and tracks straight and true behind my bike. I've been able to use it for grocery hauling. That duty is now a pleasure... Love the divider inside for breaking up the loading. The pockets are a great touch also. It goes together very with ease. Very nice quality construction and well thought out design. Good brakes are the ticket. I run disc on my commuter up front and that seems to be the ticket for me. I often times will be pulling the trailer with 50 plus pound loads. Looking forward to using it on a bicycle tour this summer. After a month of use..... I love this thing! Whidbey Island, WA
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
28 Feb 2008
William C says...
I just received my Burly Nomad trailer this morning, and I have only gone on one ride with it, so I will just give my first impressions.......The Nomad was easy to assemble, no problems or surprises. I loaded it up with about 60-70 pounds of Photo gear, and hit the road. It worked great! It tracked true & easy, I had a ball. The Nomad is just what I was looking for in a trailer, and it was a pleasure dealing with the folks at
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
21 Feb 2008
Donald D says...
My Burley Nomad just came out of the box from, so I can't say if it's as good as sliced bread, but I have to say the service from Josh and his company was great. I tried to find the Nomad at all the local shops listed on the Burley website and no one had it in stock. "One to two weeks," they all said, and no one could compete with the price at I called Josh and he said, "Sure, we have it in stock." I placed my order and it was delivered in two days from Arizona - amazing! Sometimes, when you shop online you wonder if the company is reputable (or for real) and worry about plunking down the money for something. Not to worry, here: is the real deal. My name is Don Davidson and I authorized this review.
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
08 Feb 2008
Rufus A says...
Received my Burley Nomad about a month ago. It arrived in the time expected and in good order. After a month of riding with various loads I'm happy to report my complete satisfaction. I really feel very little sense of the trailer with light to moderate loads in regard to pulling effort. Rough road bounce is simply not there and the trailer tires run over small obstacles and road debris with amazing ease (I did opt for the Big Apple tires). My first impression was fear of forgetting that the trailer was attached, such was the smoothness of ride, very suave, but the hitch assembly makes a gentle rattle which serves as a reminder. With hills the increased effort of towing makes for a vigorous workout which only serves to improve hill climbing ability the next time one is without the trailer. Over all, I was impressed by the construction and design of the trailer and was pleased to find a divider and some pockets inside which have all proved useful in practice. The assembly instructions were okay but not super clear so it took me a full 60 minutes to complete the assembly, mostly because I like to be thorough and get things right the first time. I did have to tweak a couple of the tire reflector mounts to get them to stay on the spokes - not a big deal. And, wow, what they say about cars giving more room and leeway to trailers is all true. Many more cars shift to another lane when passing me than without the trailer, even though the trailer tires extend only an inch or two beyond each of my handlebar ends and about equal to my elbow width. (By the way, I'm riding on a Bacchetta Giro26.) My pre-purchase fears of trailer riding - forgetting the trailer was attached and taking a turn too fast, not enough tracking space, very poor hill performance, rougher ride, more automobile hassles, too exhausting a ride - all proved groundless. The only awkwardness is having to walk the bike backwards with the trailer attached; it is unwieldy and uncooperative, but I've only had to do this once or twice and is more funny than debilitating. (Then I read somewhere that lifting the front tire when reversing really helps. It does.) This product has greatly expanded my versatility in my mostly car-less lifestyle, including safe transport of my bassoon to and from rehearsals (my initial reason for buying a trailer). Perhaps the best part of using a bike trailer is that I'm having more fun than ever. Get used to smiling more. Thanks for the great service. Rufus Acosta - bike commuter, San Jose, CA PS I generally make it a rule to buy locally, but after several discouraging calls to local bike stores, I found you guys
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
01 Feb 2008
Megan S says...
I'm a woman, pretty fit and committed to reducing my car use as much a possible. I've been commuting to work for 30 years. I got my Nomad mostly for trips around town, with the intent of eventually doing unsagged touring. I chose the Burley because of the light weight, and also I had good experience in pulling a Burley baby cart when my now-teenegers were babies. I had a little trouble putting the Nomad together. I generally don't have a lot of patience with instructions, and here, the instructions were necessary. Even so, I put the sides on backward, and rode several times that way, not understanding why the blinky light holder was facing forward. Josh, thank you for your help. It was an easy fix, but I think Burley should have made the sides only able to go on the correct way. For the first few rides, there was a constant annoying click where the safety clip rattled. I found that wrapping the safety stap firmly helped, and the rattle and clicking seems to have settled itself out. I can feel the weight of the trailer, it feels heavier than I expected. But it's doable to pull a weeks worth of groceries (70 or so pounds) on gently rolling terrain for 7 miles each way. Going down hills is a blast. The cornering is very good and I never feel that the cart is going to tip. I ride a Klein road bike, and it's pretty smooth altogether. One concern I had was that the Nomad's bottom is cordura or a similar fabric. I didn't know if weight would stretch it. I found a large plastic storage container (like the kind you'd use for Christmas decorations), it fits perfectly into the Nomad, and for toting groceries, it helps immensely. When I get home, I just lift the container out and take it in the house. I am so happy with my Nomad. I've wanted a trailer for a long time, and it was definately a good choice. I would strongly recommend anyone to commit to ride instead of drive whenever possible, and this makes it a pleasure.
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
18 Sep 2007
Colyn C says...
I just bought a burley nomad and took it with me in the plane for a cross country flying trip. The good: - lightweight - goes together quickly - folds to a small volume - very little drag - good low center of gravity The bad: - they were serious about the 100 lb. limit. I got mine overloaded. That causes the main axle to bend and the wheels rub on the sides. the total volume of the enclosed area is also limited It's maybe slightly more than you would carry on your back if you were hiking. In my case we had two people so it wasn't quite enough. - I bought mine to attach to my bike friday tandem. The attach hardware didn't fit. I had to drill out the hole to fit the axle on the bike friday. Also, although it worked fine, it seems like there should be something in the attach hardware to keep it from rotating. - when you break it down you can easily strap the sides and tongue in but you're left with the wheels unattached. It would be nice if they would figure out a strap system that would grab the wheels into the package. I used some rope to do it. - holes in one side panel for the cross bar on top were not aligned perfectly. It worked but looked cock-eyed.
Rated 4 out of 5 Stars
13 Aug 2007
Dan H says...
I decided on the Burley Nomad instead of the BOB Yak after much debate about both trailers, and couldn't be more happy with my choice. The Nomad pulls smoothly, tracking right behind your bike---you do notice a mild "jerky" start depending on loaded weight. It's also true that you hear some noise from the hitch, but easily a fair trade to balance the weight on it's two wheels when connecting it to a ultra-light carbon fiber frame/rear dropout. I loved the ease of changing to another bike and it also breaks down flat enough to store/check it in a large duffle bag when travelling. Definitely pull the trailer with some weight in it before setting out on an extended ride, it does add a little extra work as do all trailers! Can't wait for my next expedition, it surely won't include panniers!! Thanks Josh for the quick service/delivery, follow-up, and tough to beat pricing/free shipping. Dan Denver, CO
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
11 Aug 2007
Leslie S says...
I read many reviews on the Burley and the Bob Yak as well as some others and found that the features on the Burley ( two wheel stability, a covered cargo area, a partition for seperate cargo areas, easy disconnect from bike and being able to take out only what you need a leave the rest in the trailer, just to name a few) to be just the ticket. And after I bought it and used it I found that I was right. I just got back from a 400 mile bike trip and pulled the nomad over some pretty difficult mountain roads in the Oregon Cascades and it never missed a beat. It was very easy to pull and it handled the technical spots great. The hitch design allows you to have a great deal of bike movement without effecting the trailer. It does however, have a bit of noise from the hitch and some flex in the tongue but it didn't cause any issues that I could see. I am extremely happy with this trailer. Thanks also to for a great price, free shipping and great customer sevice. Thanks Josh! Les Oregon.
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
03 Aug 2007
Peter I says...
WOW what an excellent trailer this Nomad trailer is!!! I have cerebral palsy and I am a long distance cyclist. I had a BOB Trailer years and years ago, and it was ok not that great because at the end when my friend took it to Germany it was a goner. But the Burley Nomad Trailer is the best trailer that I ever have in my life. I use it for groceries and I just love it. I used to ride the grocery store bus, but ever since i got the trailer...NO More!!! I have so much more independant than ever before. I also have ridden in the rain with the trailer and it works great with the waterproof cover. I have also can carry 6-12 packs of sodas without knowing I am pulling the trailer. The trailer is so easy to hook on and take off of the bike. It is also easy to lock it up with you bike too. The trailer helps me fighting through traffic when the cars are behind me because it gives me more room from them and it makes me more visible to them as well. And the safety issue in that is my number one priority as a cyclist. The and Josh are the greatest place and customer service in the trailer business,I wish there were more that great line of help. I can always count on Josh for this great service. Thank You Josh...You Rock!!!!
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
29 Jul 2007
Joyce D says...
Being able to easily compare many of the cargo trailers available was an immense help. My final selection was a Burley Nomad and I'm am fully satisfied with it. Ordering and delivery went without any problems. It is a high quality and simple to use trailer that follows along behind my bike with ease. I've used it for my weekly groceries and to haul heavy loads of garden supplies. I have no complaints.
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
21 May 2007
Donald B says...
Nomad review after a few more miles. I purchased the nomad so that I would not have to drive my car with my musical instrument on lesson days. I have towed the trailer 6 days now, for a total of about 180 miles. (19 more trips and the trailer has paid for itself.) All except one day have been with a banjo and other gear in the trailer. The banjo is a bit long so I have to tie the neck of the case up under the cross bar, and off to the side, so that it does not interfere with the rear of the bike. The whole rig is quite heavy but tows very well. The long neck adds to the tongue weight on the bike but this is much less than the weight of fully loaded panniers on the rear wheel. On the flats I loose 1-2 miles per hour unless there is a head wind. The combination of the added frontal area of the trailer and the banjo causes quite a bit of drag in a head wind. Without the banjo, this is much less of a problem. The more weight you have the slower you go when climbing. One thing with the nomad though is that you can still stand up to climb, and even rock the bike. The hitch is very flexible and allows the bike to rock without affecting the tracking of the trailer. I am much more satisfied with the classic hitch than the standard hitch. No part stays on the bike, and though it is a little harder to hook up the trailer, once you get used to it the attachment is very quick. (The standard hitch rattles, leaves a part on the bike, and in my case caused the rear axle to slip no matter how tight the quick release was set.) I would recommend loading the trailer first and then hooking up. If not paying attention, fiddling with the trailer causes the bike to tip over. I have already had two flats, and will probably switch to kevlar belted tires if I can find them in this size. I switched to presta tubes rather than schrader and this allows me to carry only one pump. The emergency retention strap buckle rattles, but I solved this with a velcro pump strap similar to that used on Mountain Bikes. After the buckle is attached the pump strap is wrapped around it and this solves the rattle. The strap stays on the tow arm where it is handy. The more you use the trailer the more uses come to mind. This weekend, picnicing along the river bike trail with my wife, our lawn chaiers, and a small ice chest full of lunch and drinks. Thanks again Bike Trailer Shop for your quick service and a very nice product. Donald Sacramento, (Home of the world class American River Bike Trail)
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
10 Apr 2007
Donald B says...
Just put the trailer together but have not ridden it except around the block. Wanted to say how satisfied I am with The price was as competitive as any on the Internet, and the service is great. Easy contact by phone to answer questions, prompt shipping, and overall a satisfying experience. I would recommend this company to others. A trailer review will follow after I have had a chance to ride a bit. One thing I am doing is switching back to the Classic hitch. The standard rattles a bit to much for my liking, though I have only ridden it unloaded. I would guess if there is a load the noise would go away. This week we will see how the banjo and case fit in the trailer on lesson night. Donald Sacramento CA
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
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